In his book Zeal Without Burnout, Christopher Ash brings to our attention the fragile reality of human life. We are creatures of dust…
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
- Genesis 2:7
Here in Genesis, we see that God created us from dust and breathed life into us.
In Psalm 90:3 David describes God’s great power and authority, as well as showing human weakness and fragility.
You turn people back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
- Psalm 90:3
These verses are somewhat confronting. I know that I rarely think about the fact that I am made from dust.
Dust is a long way away from what we see when we look in the mirror. We see the makeup of nerves, muscles, bones, tissue and systems all working together to produce a complex body, the fearful and wonderfully made body that is knitted together as described in Psalm 139:13-14.
However, we are never far away from returning to dust. It could be next week or it could be in 40 years. We have no control over it. When God decrees for us to return to dust, then to dust we will return.
Often we forget how fragile we are because we can learn, think, run, talk etc. We subconsciously begin to think that we are immortal (particularly when we are young). “I will always be able to do these things”.
But we won’t.
God is the one who gives us life. God is the one who enables us to think, learn and run. God is the one who gives us his Spirit. God is the one who makes us more than dust.
Where does this leave us? What is our response? How does it affect our participation in sport?